October marked a month of significant milestones and recognitions for Rio Hondo College, all carrying the same theme: service to students.
Rio Hondo College was honored with a Diversity Champions Award in recognition for our extraordinary Pathway to Law School program, which guides students from community college, through four-year universities and to one of the six partnering California law schools.
The award recognizes our success with the program, which graduated 24 students in spring 2017.
Just a day later, the College celebrated the opening of a food pantry and students resource center called the RioSource Room. This service, which grew out of years of planning, will help our neediest students continue their education without the chilling fear of going hungry.
That challenge is a reality for far too many of our students and I’m proud of the collaboration between our Associated Students of Rio Hondo College and our Food Access Task Force for leading the way to this much needed service.
Our students also collected more than 3,000 letters of advocacy for replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that is being phased out by the Trump Administration. That number speaks to the incredible compassion of our campus community.
Finally, we also hosted a visit from students of a local school district who are in out-of-home and foster care placements. These students also need compassionate support so they have every opportunity for achieving their college and career goals. I’m proud that Rio Hondo College is taking the initiative to be a part of the solution.